Dog bites can cause significant physical and emotional harm for victims of all ages.
They often require an extensive amount of medical care, such as multiple surgeries, as well as physical therapy. In addition, they may need psychological counseling to handle the traumatic experience of the attack.
If you suffered a serious injury after being attacked by another person’s dog in Missouri or Kansas, our Kansas City personal injury lawyers are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. With millions of dollars recovered successfully on behalf of our clients, our legal team is confident that we can do the same for you.
MISSOURI DOG BITE LAW
Whether or not their dogs ever bit someone in the past, Missouri has a strict liability on dog owners for dog bites. According to Missouri Revised Statutes section 273.036, owners are liable for injuries caused by their dog if the injury was the result of a bite or attack, the injured person was on public property or was lawfully on private property, and the injured person did not provoke the dog to bite or attack.
Kansas DOG BITE LAW
A dog bite victim who is injured in Kansas must prove either that the dog owner had "scienter" or was negligent. The scienter cause of action requires proof that the dog had the dangerous propensity to bite people, and that the dog owner knew it or should have known it prior to the accident in question. Negligence is the unreasonable failure to do something or not do something, which results in injury to a person whom the defendant has a duty to not injure.
If a victim does not require immediate medical attention, it is important to document where the dog attack transpired. As long as you are not trespassing or in the process of committing a crime on someone’s private property, you are eligible to pursue compensation.
At Norman and Graves, we can investigate the attack and collect crucial evidence to build a robust and relentless legal strategy to recover your compensation inside or outside the courtroom. With more than a decade of experience, our Kansas City personal injury attorney has the extensive knowledge of state laws and court processes to obtain the outcome you desire. Let us fight for you while you make the best possible recovery.